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Hugo Alfvn - The Symphonies And Rhapsodies / Jarvi


Release Date: 10/26/2004 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1478/80   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hugo Alfvn
Performer:  Christina HgmanClaes H. Ahnsj
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some of the most colourful music to come out of Sweden - and indeed some of the most Swedish music there is! - was composed by Hugo Alfvén (1872- 1960). Take for instance the Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 - also known as Midsummer Vigil. This evocation of Sweden's most important seasonal festival combines all the dancing, aquavit, wild-flowers, folk costumes and eroticism one could possibly ask for. Indeed, this work went out into the world as a brightly coloured picture-postcard, becoming a test case for the newly formed Society of Composers, which used it to ascertain the efficacy of the copyright laws in view of the various unauthorised arrangements which soon cropped up. Another well-known work is the brilliantly orchestrated Suite from Read more the Mountain King - one of the most frequently performed pieces of Swedish music. But Alfvén is also highly regarded as a symphonist and himself claimed that his Symphony No.1 was the first to be written 'in the Swedish language.' This attractively priced box brings together all of the symphonies, the three Swedish rhapsodies as well as several other works - all in all a large part of Alfvén's output for orchestra. Previously released on five separate CDs, these recordings by Neeme Järvi and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra were greeted with great enthusiasm by the reviewers. The playing was deemed to be 'marvellously responsive and committed', 'of total distinction' and - according to one critic - sounding as if the orchestra was 'having a ball'. Järvi's readings were 'spectacularly vivid', 'superb', 'finely honed' and standing 'head and shoulders above its rivals'. And, finally, the recordings were described as 'state-of-the-art' and 'superlative'. All in all, the original discs were 'indispensable' and 'recommended with enthusiasm' - and we still believe they are worth every word of praise. But don't take our word for it - please try this very special issue for yourselves! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 7/R 24 by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 40 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Swedish Rhapsody no 2, Op. 24/R 58 "Uppsala" by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Drapa, Op. 27 "In Memoriam King Oscar II" by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Uppenbarelsekantat "Revelation Cantata", Op. 31: Andante religioso by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Swedish Rhapsody no 1, Op. 19 "Midsummer Vigil" by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 12/1987 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 13 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 11/R 28 by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 12/1987 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 53 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Swedish Rhapsody no 3, Op. 47/R 120 "Dalarhapsodien" by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Sweden 
8.
Symphony no 3 in E major, Op. 23/R 54 by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Sweden 
9.
The Prodigal Son, R 214 by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Sweden 
10.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 39/R 93 "Frn havsbandet": Andante by Hugo Alfvn
Performer:  Christina Hgman (Soprano), Claes H. Ahnsj (Tenor)
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Sweden 
11.
En skrgrdssgen, Op. 20/R 49 by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Sweden 
12.
Symphony no 5 in A minor, Op. 54/R 209 by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1953; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 47 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13.
Gustav Adolf II Suite, Op. 49/R 121: 4th movement, Elegy by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
14.
Bergakungen, Op. 37: Suite by Hugo Alfvn
Conductor:  Neeme Jrvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 15 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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